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Freeze Warning issued November 13 at 12:26PM CST until November 14 at 9:00AM CST by NWS

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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov …FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST WEDNESDAY… * TEMPERATURE…Freezing temperatures are expected from the Coastal Plains to the Rio Grande Plains overnight into early Wednesday morning. Lows of 26 to 28 are expected. * IMPACTS…Below freezing temperatures could harm unprotected …read more

Source:: FAYETTE COUNTY WX ALERT

      

Elaine Wheat: Passing it on, leading by example

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By By Elaine Wheat ”Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work (be) pure, and whether (it be) right.” – Proverbs 20:11 …read more

Source:: Dewitt County – Victoria Advocate

      

Flood Advisory issued November 09 at 7:43AM CST until November 10 at 11:00PM CST by NWS

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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov The National Weather Service in Austin San Antonio has issued a * Flood Advisory for Minor Flooding in Poor Drainage Areas for… DeWitt County in south central Texas… * Until 945 AM CST * At 742 AM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause minor flooding. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in …read more

Source:: DEWITT COUNTY WX ALERT

      

LCRA awards rifle association $23,500 community grant

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LCRA representatives present a $23,500 grant to the Round Top Rifle Association for new lighting for its community hall. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, front row from left to right, are: Dave Weishuhn, Round Top Rifle Association trustee; David Walther, association bar manager; Kurt Heim, association treasurer; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; and Kate Holman, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative. Back row, from left to right: John Wantland, association hall manager; Larry Birkelbach, association vice president; Ronny Sacks, association trustee; Eddie Marburger, association trustee; and Michael Sacks, association president.
The Round Top Rifle Association can replace its community hall’s nearly 50-year-old lighting system, thanks to help from a $23,500 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The Round Top Rifle Association is contributing $6,000 in matching funds to help replace the hall’s existing system with new, energy-efficient LED lighting. The new system will include several outdoor fixtures designed to lower energy costs and improve public safety in the building and parking lot. The lighting upgrades are part of a larger capital improvements project to renovate the historic hall.

“Visibility is nonexistent in the parking lot at night,’’ said Michael Sacks, president of the Round Top Rifle Association. “It is a real safety issue for our elderly members and visitors attending events or fundraisers after dark.”

The association’s charter includes maintaining the 140-year-old hall, and providing a venue for cultural and community events.

The Round Top Rifle Association hosts many area nonprofit fundraising events, including the annual Fourth of July Round Top Parade. Over 5,000 community members and visitors attend the parade, which begins and ends at the hall.

“We’re a key part of the community year round,” Sacks said. “It means a lot to me to continue the cultural traditions the organization was built upon.”

The Round Top Rifle Association was formed in 1873 to support and encourage outdoor sports and shooting events.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at
lcra.org/cdpp.

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit
lcra.org.

Media Contact
Clara Tuma
512–578–3292
clara.tuma@lcra.org

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Source:: LCRA News Release

      

LCRA awards $22,999 grant for new playground equipment

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LCRA representatives present a $22,999 grant to the City of Smithville for new playground equipment for three area parks. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Rick Arnic, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Jack Page, City of Smithville public works director; Joanna Morgan, City of Smithville mayor pro tem; Scott Saunders, City of Smithville mayor, holding Penelope Saunders; Rosaleigh Saunders; and Leah Saunders.
Aging, sun-worn and sometimes-dangerous playground equipment at three parks in Smithville will be replaced, thanks to a $22,999 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $7,440 in matching contributions, will allow the city to replace playscapes at Railroad, MLK and Vernon Richards Riverbend parks and add amenities to encourage childrens’ interest in reading, music and education. The new playscapes also will include sections with equipment that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to make the playgrounds accessible to all children.

“This grant was needed because the current playground equipment is falling apart and has become dangerous for children,” said Leah Saunders, a volunteer and parent instrumental in bringing together the ideas for the musical equipment and reading path. “Without this funding, we would be unable to replace this equipment for quite some time, as we are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.”

A “reading route” will be installed at Riverbend Park to encourage children to read. The innovative display will include a series of short pedestals with pages from books that children will follow to finish the story. The stories will be in English and Spanish and complement the city’s library programming for children. Musical equipment and educational plaques also will be installed at each park.

“The cost to repair or replace this equipment is expensive and we are grateful for LCRA’s generosity,” said Smithville City Manager Robert Tamble. “The city is fortunate to have LCRA as a conscientious corporate partner committed to enhancing the quality of life through water stewardship, energy and community service.”

The parks are the most popular in Smithville and are frequented by families from Bastrop and Fayette counties.

“This grant is a blessing throughout the community – one that will be enjoyed by so many for a very long time,” said Scott Saunders, mayor of Smithville.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at
lcra.org/cdpp.

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit
lcra.org.

Media Contact
Clara Tuma
512–578–3292
clara.tuma@lcra.org

…read more

Source:: LCRA News Release

      

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